July 11, 2022

International Sports for Peace


International Sports for Peace
Nothing brings people together like sports, but some discretion might not be a bad idea. Pexels, Pixabay

On July 5, 2022, a statement proposing stricter sports sanctions on Belarus and Russia was signed by 35 countries. 

The proposed sanctions are a response to Russia’s “unjustifiable war of choice against Ukraine.”  The document calls for a suspension of Belarus and Russia from participation in international sports federations. It also urges the removal of government officials from organizing committees, and bars them from any place of influence in international sports. While athletes from Belarus and Russia would still be allowed to participate, any emblem or symbol showing allegiance to either of the two countries would be prohibited.

The statement closes by urging those involved in the athletic community to stand in solitary with Ukraine. The full document can be seen here.

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